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Light in the Shadow of a Giant: Saying Goodbye to Shimon Peres

Sep 29, 2016

Light in the Shadow of a Giant: Saying Goodbye to Shimon Peres

We join with others across the globe in deeply mourning this week’s passing of Shimon Peres, z’l. Universally recognized as one of Israel’s greatest leaders, an eloquent spokesperson for his country and a strong advocate for all Jewish peoplehood, this iconic elder statesman will forever occupy an extraordinary place in our people’s story. Peres came by his unparalleled stature with vital roles from the very start of Israel’s statehood and War of Independence, all the way through the country’s most recent endeavors to achieve peace, and its efforts to create a “start-up” nation that have made Israel an economic and technological superpower. Peres held nearly every Israeli cabinet position, serving twice as prime minister and once as president. May his memory be for blessing and may we strive to keep it as a light unto our community and our people.

Federation Support of National Guard & Reservists Garners Dept. of Defense Award for COO Mel Lowell

Sep 26, 2016

Federation Support of National Guard & Reservists Garners Dept. of Defense Award for COO Mel Lowell

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County recently received a special visit from a representative of ESGR, a program of the U.S. Department of Defense. Arriving on a mission of honor, Lenny Miller, Vice Chair of Florida ESGR, presented Federation’s COO, Mel Lowell with the Patriot Award, “for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” Lowell was nominated for the award by Federation’s Assistant VP of Security & Transportation, Ted Morris.

Local Lions Roar Loud in DC among 1,300 at ILOJC

Sep 20, 2016

Local Lions Roar Loud in DC among 1,300 at ILOJC

Some of South Palm Beach County’s most resoundingly philanthropic women roared their way to Washington, DC for a few action-packed September days at the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference (ILOJC). Fifty strong, they proudly comprised one of the event’s largest community delegations. To start, easily recognized by their fuchsia-pink, Lion-embroidered pashmina shawls, our Lions enjoyed two days of special activities together. They also learned, bonded and got inspired at conference plenaries and breakout sessions with some of today’s most respected, high-level speakers in religion, culture and art, business, politics and philanthropy, on issues affecting the Jewish community at home and abroad. And they feted our own Emily Grabelsky, who received the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award at the conference.

Historic US/Israel Military Aid Agreement Hailed by Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County Leaders

Sep 16, 2016

Historic US/Israel Military Aid Agreement Hailed by Jewish Community Relations Council of South Palm Beach County Leaders

We at the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County join supporters of Israel worldwide, in hailing the unprecedented defense aid package just signed. Strengthening what U.S. and Israel officials called the “unbreakable bond” between the two nations at the State Department signing ceremony, the $38 billion, ten-year agreement constitutes the largest aid package to any country in American history.

Free to Jewish Families: Start the Jewish New Year with New Books and Celebrate in a Giant Sukkah with PJ Library®

Sep 15, 2016

Free to Jewish Families: Start the Jewish New Year with New Books and Celebrate in a Giant Sukkah with PJ Library®

A free, high quality children’s book mailed to your home every month may sound too good to be true. But families raising Jewish children ages six months through eleven years in Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach have gotten quite used it – and there’s room for more to sign up for PJ Library® and PJ Our Way™. Families are also invited to join a lively, free Family Sukkot Celebration on Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the giant sukkah in the Cypress Preserve on the Federation campus. They’ll enjoy PJ Library Story Time, Singin’ with Miss Susan, arts and crafts, games and sports, and kosher snacks – and, of course, shaking the lulav.

Message From Our CEO – Forward from a Phenomenal Year

Sep 9, 2016

Message From Our CEO – Forward from a Phenomenal Year

With our new season beginning and a New Year on the horizon, I’m looking forward to sharing news and perspectives with you again after a very busy hiatus. And I’m proud to tell you that our busy 2015-16 season led our Federation to some great accomplishments on behalf of our community. Our new season is already in gear, on the heels of an Annual Campaign that, increasing once again, brought in more than $15 million; and amid our Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s significant growth. Now I’m headed off to Washington, DC with 50 of our community’s brightest, most caring and dedicated women, for the biennial International Lion of Judah Conference, where own Emily Grabelsky will receive the prestigious Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award.

Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide Learning Together in Prestigious 3-year Shalom Hartman Program

Sep 7, 2016

Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide Learning Together in Prestigious 3-year Shalom Hartman Program

From the Reform and Orthodox traditions, two South Palm Beach County rabbis are now well into their first year of Shalom Hartman Institute’s sixth Rabbinic Leadership Initiative (RLI). Following a rigorous selection process by the Institute, Dan Levin, Senior Rabbi at (Reform) Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, and Rabbi Josh Broide, a practicing Orthodox Rabbi who serves as Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, were selected to begin this prestigious, three-year intensive fellowship program this past summer.

Support Federation on Sept. 1 - Order Deborah Silver’s New “The Gold Standards” CD

Aug 31, 2016

Support Federation on Sept. 1 - Order Deborah Silver’s New “The Gold Standards” CD

On Thursday, September 1, everyone can support the community by purchasing acclaimed singer and philanthropist Deborah Silver’s newest CD or download, The Gold Standards, on iTunes or Amazon at deborahsilvermusic.com. Deborah – Boca Raton’s own talented recording artist – is donating 100 percent of all net proceeds from her sales on September 1 to the 2017 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign to meet vital human needs.

PAC Cocktail Reception & Membership Drive to Kick Off Season

Aug 23, 2016

PAC Cocktail Reception & Membership Drive to Kick Off Season

Local estate professionals will share much more than congenial company, prime networking, and a lively cocktail reception at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation’s PAC Kickoff & Membership Drive Cocktail Reception. Gathered at the Renaissance Boca Raton Hotel on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., many of our community’s most influential legal, accounting, investment advisory, banking and insurance professionals will also share a deep commitment to helping the Jewish community in a most significant way.

Summer’s Hottest Jewish Family Ticket: Weekly Stories, Ice Cream & Rabbis with PJ Library’s Sweet Summer Series

Jul 25, 2016

Summer’s Hottest Jewish Family Ticket: Weekly Stories, Ice Cream & Rabbis with PJ Library’s Sweet Summer Series

Children and families are invited by PJ Library® in South Palm Beach County to drop in between 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. at frozen yogurt shops around town for sweet treats on hot summer Thursday nights - and enjoy storytime with local rabbis as well as arts & crafts. For a second year, Conservative, Orthodox and Reform synagogues are partnering with PJ Library for the Sweet Summer Series. Each Thursday night through August 11, a rabbi from one of seven partner synagogues will read PJ Library stories.

Reacting to the Scourge of Terror

Jul 25, 2016

Reacting to the Scourge of Terror

Nice, Istanbul, Orlando, Paris, Brussels, San Bernardino…. The list keeps growing with attacks in more and more cities and countries. When will it stop? When will good, freedom-loving people stop dying at the hands of terrorists?

Jun 27, 2016

Rick Recht, Rock Star of Jewish Music, to Headline PJ Library® Summer Family Concert in Boca

A late afternoon of great family fun in the cool indoors is in store when nationally acclaimed Jewish music rock star Rick Recht headlines the interactive, action-packed PJ Library Summer Community Concert in Boca Raton on Thursday, July 28 in Zinman Hall at the Federation from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Once again, Jewish families from across the community with kids of all ages will enjoy singing, dancing and a great time together with PJ Library. They’ll also have a chance to learn about our Jewish community’s wealth of resources for families by browsing the PJ partners’ displays. Tickets are $5 online in advance per child or $8 per child at the door, and accompanying adults are free of charge.

A Grand Opening for the Ted & Barbara Wolk Spa and Fitness Center at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

Jun 23, 2016

A Grand Opening for the Ted & Barbara Wolk Spa and Fitness Center at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton

At the June 22 Grand Opening of the Ted & Barbara Wolk Spa and Fitness Center, Federation’s new neighbors at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton had a full view of the facilities and services they will now enjoy on a daily basis. The luxurious setting offers an array of professional services for women and men, and a high-end resort quality pool and patio area as part of the Residences’ top tier amenities. Naming the Spa and Fitness Center with a $1 million gift, Ted and Barbara Wolk have been the first to leave a legacy through one of the prestigious opportunities at Sinai Residences of Boca Raton. The Wolks were proudly on hand at the earlier overall Grand Opening of Sinai Residences, which honored the couple and included a special dedication of the spa building.

Nearly 2,000 Make History at Jewish Unity Day Event

Jun 20, 2016

Nearly 2,000 Make History at Jewish Unity Day Event

Four times larger than last year’s, a crowd from across Jewish South Palm Beach County raised the ruach in testament to the strength and joy of our united Jewish community at the local observance of Jewish Unity Day on June 6, 2016. Nearly two thousand strong, we gathered in all our vibrant Jewish diversity at the Carole & Barry Kaye auditorium at FAU in Boca Raton for a night we’ll all long remember. The evening was presented by the Deborah and Larry D. Silver Center for Jewish Engagement (CJE), a division of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, in partnership with more than 60 local synagogues, schools, agencies and organizations.

Jewish Federation, JCRC of South Palm Beach County Leaders Anguished and Outraged by Horrific Mass Shooting in Orlando

Jun 14, 2016

Jewish Federation, JCRC of South Palm Beach County Leaders Anguished and Outraged by Horrific Mass Shooting in Orlando

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and its Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) are anguished and outraged by the act of terror and hatred this past weekend at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. We join with communities worldwide in grief as our hearts and prayers go out to those mourning loved ones or recovering from their injuries. And we stand in solidarity with all whose lives have been shaken to the core by this attack that targeted LGBTQ individuals on Latin Night in what they counted on as a safe place.The shooter also appears to have been inspired by radical Islamic views, claiming the murders for ISIS. Acts like this call on all of us to be resolute in our fight against terror and resilient as we commit to maintain our daily lives, even in the face of the threat it represents. They call on us to stand together and work together to fight back. And they remind us that we must be ever vigilant.

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Resurgence of Terror in Israel

Jun 10, 2016

Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Leaders Condemn Resurgence of Terror in Israel

We at the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County are horrified and outraged by this week’s deadly shooting attack in a popular dining and shopping center in the heart of Tel Aviv. The rampage claimed the lives of four people and injured 16 others. As Federation Board Chair Anne Jacobson and President & CEO Matt Levin said to a crowd of nearly 2,000 from across our Jewish community at Jewish Unity Day last Monday night, “we need to count on each of us working together to address the challenges of our people today and those we will face in the future.”

Celebrating $33+ Million in Planned Giving Raised by Local “Create a Jewish Legacy” Synagogues, Organizations & Schools in Just One Year

Jun 10, 2016

Celebrating $33+ Million in Planned Giving Raised by Local “Create a Jewish Legacy” Synagogues, Organizations & Schools in Just One Year

A remarkable $33.2 million in 293 legacy commitments from 236 donors has been raised by eleven South Palm Beach County synagogues, Jewish agencies, schools and the Federation in only the first year of the local, community-wide “Create a Jewish Legacy” (CJL) planned giving campaign in partnership with the Harold Grinspoon Foundation’s LIFE & LEGACY™ initiative. Successful well beyond expectations, and surpassing other LIFE & LEGACY communities, Create a Jewish Legacy partners celebrated in great style on May 23.

Local Day School Teacher Honored with National Award for Innovation and Impact in Jewish Education

Jun 1, 2016

Local Day School Teacher Honored with National Award for Innovation and Impact in Jewish Education

Anat Jatwes from Donna Klein Jewish Academy (DKJA) is the 2016 winner of the Grinspoon Teacher of Excellence Award. The award is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and the Harold Grinspoon Foundation to recognize local teachers who make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish children, and contribute to excellence in Jewish education.

Local Annual Seminar for Estate Professionals to Cover Foreign/Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

May 17, 2016

Local Annual Seminar for Estate Professionals to Cover Foreign/Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

Local estate professionals are invited to a special opportunity on June 9, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. to learn from two national and international experts and earn Continuing Education Units amid premium networking and a cocktail reception. The Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) anticipates about 150 guests at its 32nd Annual Seminar for Professionals at The Polo Club to hear David Cooney, Partner at Ogier, Cayman Islands; and Al W. King III, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, South Dakota Planning Company, present “The Pros and Cons of Foreign/Domestic Asset Protection Trusts” along with legal updates and current developments in Asset Protection.

Worldwide Jewish Unity Day’s Major Local Event to Strengthen Bonds across Community

May 12, 2016

Worldwide Jewish Unity Day’s Major Local Event to Strengthen Bonds across Community

Once again, a vibrant crowd from across Jewish South Palm Beach County will come together in testament to the strength and joy of our united Jewish community. After overflowing the hall last year, the crowd will be gathering in a much larger venue - at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016 at the Carole & Barry Kaye auditorium at FAU in Boca Raton. This community observance of Jewish Unity Day will bring local residents to join more than a million people in 24 countries across six continents. The multimedia program will feature three senior local rabbis from the Orthodox, Reform and Conservative movements, Congressman Ted Deutch and more. Jewish Unity was spearheaded last year by the parents of the three Israeli teens kidnapped and murdered on their way home from school two years ago. Their parents called for a day to bring back and strengthen the overwhelming unity felt during that tragic period, and to build on it proactively – as the Jewish community in South Palm Beach County has been doing even longer. Two of their parents will be special guests at the event.